Friday, June 23, 2017

Repurpose Plastic Bottles – 5 Easy Hacks!

You know that we here at Jerry Baker NEVER throw anything away if there’s a way to reuse it, especially if it’ll come in handy in the garden. So this week, we thought we’d spill the beans on some easy (and wacky) ways to recycle one common household item that everyone tends to toss – empty plastic bottles!

So before you throw out those used-up jugs of liquid laundry detergent, shampoo, dish soap, and more - hang on! Here’s how you can put ‘em to work in your yard and garden instead:
  • Deep irrigation system. Poke small holes in the bottoms and sides of the bottles, bury them in the soil at strategic spots in your garden, and fill them with water. The moisture will flow out at a slow, steady rate, directly to your plants’ roots, where it’s needed most.
  • Garden-tool caddy. Make a big hole in a giant bottle on the side opposite the handle. Then insert your trowel, pruning shears, and other small hand tools through the hole to carry them wherever they’re needed.
  • Plant labels. Cut the sides of white or yellow bottles into strips, write on them with an indelible marker, and shove the strips into the soil next to the appropriate plants.
  • Scoop. Cut diagonally across the bottom, screw the top back on, and use it to scoop up sand, fertilizer, compost, cat litter, or just about any other nonedible substance.
  • Watering can. Drill a dozen or more holes in the cap of a giant bottle. Fill the bottle with water, and screw the top back on. To water your plants, flip the bottle upside down, and let the H2O flow!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Have a Dandy Dad Day

It’s almost Father’s Day! And there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned backyard cookout to cap off the fatherly festivities and spoil Dad rotten. But make sure no uninvited mosquitos march in to crash your party…Just arm your yard with this handy dandy Buzz Buster Lemonade, and you and your guests will be able to linger long after dessert to enjoy the cool night air…

Buzz Buster Lemonade:
Put 1 cup each of lemon-scented ammonia and lemon-scented dishwashing liquid into a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, and spray down everything in your yard three times a week (preferably in the morning) in the days leading up to the big day. Perform one last spray-down on the morning of the barbecue, and those vile villains will stay far, far away.

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Thanks for reading! And from all of us here at Jerry Baker: Have a very Happy Father’s Day weekend!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Get the Most Brew for your Buck

Everyone loves a good homemade cuppa joe! But did you know that used coffee grounds can come in handy even AFTER the pot’s empty? That’s right! Here are five fresh-brewed ways to reuse those old grounds (and get double the bang for your buck!) all around your home and garden:

Freshen up a musty car overnight. Here’s a quick fix for clearing the air in a car that got damp: Cut the foot off an old pair of panty hose and fill it with used dry coffee grounds. Then tie a knot above the coffee and set the sack on the car’s dash or in the cup holder overnight. This trick will work like magic—in the morning the car will be fresh as a daisy.

Say “adios” to ants. Let your used grounds dry out, then divide them up between a few paper lunch bags and set the sacks wherever you’ve spotted ants inside your house. You can sprinkle loose grounds outside where you suspect they’re getting in. The coffee aroma will repel the ants, and if they happen to ingest the grounds, the caffeine will knock ‘em dead.

Fill in scuffs and scratches on wood furniture. Disguise nicks and dings by dipping a cotton swab in damp used coffee grounds and dabbing away at the scuffs. The tannins in the coffee will do a quick dye job, and no one will be the wiser.

Sweep out a garage without stirring up dust. Sprinkle damp coffee grounds across the garage floor before grabbing a broom. The weight of the grounds will keep the dirt and dust in check so cleanup will be a breeze.

Grow showier shrubs. Work a layer of your used coffee grounds into the dirt around your flowering bushes for the healthiest, most vigorous shrubs in the neighborhood. When they bloom, they’ll bloom big time!

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Turn Your Garden into Butterfly Heaven

Study after study has shown that communing with nature improves folks’ mental and physical health—and even increases their productivity at work. But you don’t have to trek off on a photographic safari to enjoy these benefits.

Something as simple as watching butterflies flit around your backyard works just as well. They’ll show up in droves if you plant a wide assortment of nectar-rich flowers, but you’ll entice them even more quickly (and get a close-up view, besides) if you install a nectar feeder or two near your house.

You can buy special butterfly feeders, but my advice is, don’t waste your money! The reason: Nearly all of these devices come equipped with a moat that you fill with water, which is supposed to keep crawling insects out of the sweet syrup. But a lot of small butterflies also get trapped in the water, often with fatal results. 

Fortunately, there’s a simple—and safer—way to serve refreshments. Just get a thin, green, plastic-fiber scrubbing pad in the Laundry & Cleaning Products aisle, and saturate it with sugar water (1 part water to 4 parts white sugar is good). Set the pad on a plastic plate that you’ve screwed to a post or other flat surface.

Then sit back and wait for the show to begin!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hosting a Memorial Day BBQ?

Hooray! It’s Memorial Day weekend! Warm summer weather is here in all its glory, so take full advantage of it by getting outside as much as you can. But before the gang arrives for the big holiday cookout, make sure your outdoor furniture is ready for company. Here’s how:

  • Sponge down aluminum furniture with a mix of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Pay particular attention to the joints and crevices of the frame, and sponge the cushions or webbing with the same mix to freshen up the seats. Finish by rinsing everything off with a garden hose until all the soap bubbles are gone.
  • If a nearby shade tree has showered your patio furniture with sap or pollen, dissolve the sticky mess with a mix of 1 part glycerin and 1 part warm water. Wipe the furniture with a clean, moist sponge.
  • To clean canvas chairs or chaises, wet the fabric with a garden hose, rub a scrub brush across a bar of soap, and give the canvas a good going–over. Rinse thoroughly, let the chairs air-dry, and you’re done.
  • Spruce up grungy outdoor cushions by wiping them down with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of borax, 1 teaspoon of dishwasher detergent, and 4 cups of warm water, soaking the seams and creases. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with a garden hose. Set the cushions on end to air dry.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It’s Time for Tomatoes!

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a ripe, juicy tomato, picked fresh from your own garden. And since things are finally heating up outside, it’s time to get those tomatoes going!

Here are two top ways to plant tomatoes:

  1. The holey moley method. Simply dig a hole about the size of a soccer ball, and put a layer of compost or well-rotted manure mixed with a handful of bonemeal and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in the bottom. Then set in the plant so that only about the top 4 inches sticks up above the soil. (Clip off the lower leaves with scissors first.)

  2. Trench method. Make a 6-inch-deep trench the length of the planting bed. Spread a thin layer of compost along the bottom, then trim off the leaves from all but the top 4 inches of the stem. Lay each plant in the trench horizontally, with the 4-inch leafy part curved up out of the ground. Pack soil around it so it stays in place, and then cover up the rest of the stem with soil.

After you’ve got your tomatoes planted...

It’s a good idea to set in some basil, bee balm, or borage close by. These aromatic herbs are the best neighbors your tomatoes will ever have because they send out chemicals from their roots and leaves that make tomato plants healthier and boost ‘em to new heights!

And if you want to get the most mouthwatering tomato crop on the block...

Treat your plants to this Tomato Booster Tonic:
Just mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts, 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo, and 1 gallon of water in a watering can. Generously soak the soil around your tomato plants in early summer, just as they show a bunch of yellow flowers, to stimulate fruit set.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Raccoons running rampant?

Don’t look now, but here come the critters to kick off their season of mischief making.

Raccoons seem to be the wiliest of the bad guys—they’re agile, persistent, and smart. So whatever you do to make the rascals relocate, remember to change your tactics frequently. Otherwise, they’ll catch on to your game and you’ll be right back where you started.

The conniving creatures will eat just about anything they can get their little paws on. But corn, fruits, and berries of all kinds top the favorite list. Here are a few tricks that just might make the rascals ramble:

  • Raccoons hate the smell of both bleach and ammonia. So fill old margarine tubs or other small bowls with either aromatic liquid, and set them among your vulnerable plants.
  • Keep ‘em out of your garbage cans by dipping a large wad of paper towels in ammonia, dowsing it with hot sauce, and tossing the wad into the can.
  • Raccoons have hairless and very sensitive feet, and they don’t like to walk on anything that’s sticky, slippery, sharp, or just plain strange feeling. So lay a 3-foot-wide strip of any of these materials around your veggie patch, and those critters’ll clear out fast: broken pot shards or jagged stones; nylon netting; plastic sheeting; smooth, round pebbles; thorny rose or bramble fruit canes; wire mesh.

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